Re-testing a 63.334 Dwt Bulk Carrier

Embarking at 7:30 am on the 20th of August it made it the second voyage on the same vessel within a week. The bulk carrier departed Sauda after completing the discharging operations.

It was the first time that our team disembarked offshore to a taxi boat. The ambient conditions were optimal.

The image is from a successful Cross Bow Deployment where the ITCH rides the bulb.

 

Thanks to the vessel’s crew and ship management & Owners for making the vessel available to Shipshave again on short notice.



Testing of ITCH on a 63.334 Dwt Bulk Carrier

At 06:30 am on Sunday the 15th of Aug. Shipshave shared a ride with the pilot from Stavanger to a bulk carrier anchored mid fjord. From there we performed development testing underway towards the final discharge port of Sauda in summer rain.

Thanks to the vessel’s crew and ship management & Owners for making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Testing of ITCH on a 58000 Dwt Bulk Carrier

On the evening of the 7th July Shipshave embarked a large Bulk Carrier to perform valuable development testing on the following day.

Our Barnacles removal tool was tested in operation for the very first time. It was very successful testing.

Thanks to the vessel’s crew and ship management & Owners for making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Testing of ITCH on a 52000 Dwt Bulk Carrier

On the afternoon of Monday 7th June Shipshave embarked a large Bulk Carrier to perform valuable development testing.

Cross bow deployment was tested successfully.

Thanks to the Charterer, the vessel’s crew and management for making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Testing of ITCH on a 53000 Dwt Bulk Carrier

On the afternoon of Friday 14th May Shipshave embarked a large Bulk Carrier to perform development testing. Several milestones were crossed during this test.

– One test engineer from Shipshave joined the vessel, well aided by the vessel’s crew

– A remote support team aided the onboard test engineer

– The first 2 legged voyage with a cabin made available

Thanks to the Charterer, the vessel’s crew and management for making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Demonstration of ITCH v.1 onboard a 4.900 Dwt Platform Supply Vessel

On 23rd of February we were invited to perform demonstration of ITCH v.1 for a major Charterer onboard a tier 1 PSV.

Despite the ambient condition being in excess of the operation window for ITCH v.1 we are able to, through top of the class cooperation with the vessel’s crew, perform beyond what we thought would be possible. We believe that under improved weather conditions we could have done even better, but it is good to have a target to stretch for.

Footage from 8 hours of video recorded in the dark await close studies from Shipshave. We aim and hope to be able to share uplifting news as a result of this demonstration.

Thanks to the crew, their management and Charterer allowing Shipshave to perform speed tests for hours in the fjords around Stavanger.

The image shows that the well-established fouling has foliated the self-polishing antifouling thereby preventing the antifouling to function as intended.   The fouling has been removed with soft brushes reestablishing contact between the red colored antifouling and the ambiance.

At constant power, the vessel increased speed by 5.6% after the cleaning. This may indicate a 17% more efficient hull.



Testing of ITCH on a 5780 Dwt General cargo vessel

22nd of February we were invited to perform successful development testing on a general cargo vessel departing Knarvik outside Bergen for Storasund on Karmøy. The 106m long vessel made the transit in ca 11 knots.

Thanks to the crew and management making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Demonstration and testing of ITCH on a Cement carrier

February 3rd we were invited to perform development testing on a Cement carrier departing from Ølen to Karmøy. For the second time within a week, the west coast of Norway presented itself at its finest. Ice was only present in the inner part of the fjord, so we were able to do valuable development testing for most of the trip as well as train our representative in the ARA-area, Rens Gerritsen.  We believe that our presence in the ARA-area will open doors in the major marine hub.

Thanks to the crew and management for making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Testing of ITCH on a general cargo vessel

28th of January we were invited to perform development testing on a general cargo vessel departing Jelsa for Vats. With amazing winter weather, the scenery in the fjords presented itself as post card image worthy.

In the image we have elected, the bilge keel is shown on a downstroke. Darkness came upon us and we had to fit lights to the ITCH to be able to review its behaviour in the water.

The last test of the day was completed just in time to retrieve the ITCH prior to entering the ice. We plan to study the video footage and data collected to evaluate the performance of new features and adjustments tested during this test.

Thanks to the crew and management making the vessel available to Shipshave.



Demonstrating ITCH v.1.

On the sunny morning of January 21st, Shipshave was invited to demonstrate the ITCH v.1 onboard a Platform Supply vessel trading in the Stavanger area.

The team from Shipshave turned around quickly and mobilized on the marine logistic base approx. 1,5 hr later.

The master and crew, as well as Charterer shared our enthusiasm for the outlook of removing 3 years of fouling in a few hours. And that we did, however at a stage we had to throw in the towel due to the severe weather conditions. Despite of the equipment not performing optimally due to the high seas and strong winds, we still managed to remove fouling during the time we were operative. We know now that winds gusting at 55 knots is a bit too much. For the vessel and crew that was peanuts. The ITCH, dependent on steady water pressure readings, was challenged.

Again, thanks to ALL involved. We hope to come back and complete the demonstration calmer conditions.